UFC star Chael Sonnen moved up to light heavyweight after a very respectable middleweight run as a means of taking on new challenges instead of attempt to earn a third shot at beating then-champion Anderson Silva. However, with “The Spider” going down to Chris Weidman earlier this month, Sonnen is once again interested in taking to the Octagon as a 185er and plans to do so after his upcoming clash with Mauricio Rua at UFC Fight Night 26.

The 27-13-1 Sonnen spoke about the situation on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight, mentioning Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva as two of the foes he’ll be targeting once his starts slimming back down”¦

Sonnen said:

“I’ll return to middleweight after beating Shogun. There’re two guys I want to get matched up with: Vitor Belfort, because he’s awesome and he’s on an incredible roll. And Wanderlei Silva, who I’ve heard is going back to middleweight. The landscape has completely changed. I’ve got a new contract and I’m returning to the weight class.”

“I’ve moved to Southern California and am training at Reign with Mark Munoz. My new contract, which is a five-fight deal, was finalized today.”

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